We had a get-together last weekend and the theme was Gardening. Food theme was ‘what we can grow is what you bring to the potluck’- like Mint- mint pulao, Cilantro- chutney sandwich, Basil- pasta/ sandwich with pesto, Rosemary- potatoes etc . Since I planted 3 weeks ago I didn’t have any home grown vegetables. So I decided to make something that Farmers eat while sowing or farming. I made Millet Flatbread (Bajri Ki roti). It is a great food of choice for the humble farmers who relish these with raw onion(pyaz), jaggery (gur) and Garlic spread (Lahsun ki chutney) after days hard work in field.
I have twisted recipe little-bit and made bite size rotis. Traditionally it is made only by using millet flour. As, it does not have gluten it is hard to roll, So I added little-bit of wheat flour, rolled and cut into bite size appetizer pieces. So, here is the traditional Rajasthani recipe with a twist.
- Millet flour (bajre ka atta) 1 1/4 cups
- Wheat flour 1/3 cup
- Salt to taste
- Carom seeds (ajwain) 1/2 teaspoon
- Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon
- Garlic chutney ½ -1 tsp
- Oil 1 tsp
- Warm water ½-¾ cups
- Clarified butter (Ghee)
- Flour for rolling bread
- Fenugreek leaves (methi patta) chopped 1/4 cup (optional)
- Mix millet flour, wheat flour salt, carom seeds, cumin powder and Garlic chutney in a bowl.
- Add enough warm water and knead into medium soft dough.
- Heat a non stick tawa. Divide the dough into equal portions and roll into balls.
- Flatten them spread into thick roti and cook it like this only or cut into desired shape.
- Place them on the tawa and cook slightly on both side on medium heat. Then cook on the stove flame directly. Pour a dollop of clarified butter (Ghee)
- Serve hot or warm with garlic chutney or any chutney of your choice, onion and jaggery.
What could be a better way to spend a Friday night, then popcorn and a movie with great friends? A night in front of the screen and big bowls of masala popcorn in your hand makes any movie night memorable! This masala popcorn is bite-sized, crunchy, a sprinkle of fine salt – but also divine when you take it over the top with spices. The flavor comes from a blend of Indian masalas like chat masala, garam masala with green chillies, chillies flakes and curry leaves. Yep it is absolutely addictive!
Are you ready for some popcorns? Oh yeah.
Shhhhhhh it’s popping !!!!!!!
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 hot chilli pepers, very thinly slice
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 5-6 curryleaves
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 1/8 tsp chaat masala
- ¼ tsp red peper flakes
- salt to taste
- 1 pack popped popcorn
- In a large pot, heat the ½ measurement of vegetable oil. Add chili peppers and curry leaves and sauté them until they are golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove chili peper and curry leaves and draiin on a paper towel.
- Add other half of vegetable oil in the same pan and stir in the turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Cook gently for a minute, then tip in the popped popcorn. Take the pan off the heat, stir well until the popcorn is well coated. Taste and add a little salt. Sprinkle the popcorn with the fried chili peppers, curry leaves and pepper flakes, gently toss.
Do try my recipe and Enjoy your Friday night !!!!!
Do let me know what your favourite popcorn toppings are in the comments!
Holi festival is usually celebrated to mark the end of chilly winters and the onset of spring harvest time. In India, Holi celebrated by throwing powdered colors at people, and water filled balloons are the main highlights. Oh yeah, I miss rubbing color on people’s face’, and best of all… smelling the sweet scents of springtime in the air. This is also a time when people tend to indulge themselves with yummy food and drinks. Drinking thandia with “Bhaang” is a popular ritual during this festival. And for those who weren’t allowed to drink this slightly alcoholic drink, the alternative was no alcohol thandia or/and Kaanji. Last year I made Carrot Beet Kanji for holi gettogether, took pictures too but that couldn’t come to the blog. This time I thought let’s treat you with this refreshing aromatic drink for the festival of holi. I adapted the method a little to make it more suitable for life here, but the flavours are the same. It’s fermented aroma is something that is unmatched and love the color of this drink. Continue reading
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Tagged Beet, Carrot, Drinks, Fermented drink, Festivals, Holi, Indian Drink, Kanji
Every part of the world has some form of a crepe. In India they are called cheela, chilada or dosa depending upon where you live. These crepes are made with every grain and pulse that can be soaked, ground to a batter and spread on a pan. Traditionally a cheela is made with Gram flour or chick pea flour, but there are several variations can be made, Moong dal cheela is one of them.Moong dal cheela is a healthy, tasty and food which is rich in proteins, fiber, gluten free, great taste along with being quick. All you need to soak the moong dal at night. This no-sweat recipe can be made in 10 minutes as there is no fermentation required. This is a great breakfast food. You can prepare stuffing with any other ingredients which easily available or according to taste. Personally I like to add paneer stuffing. Do try this delicious cheela and enjoy your breakfast. Continue reading